We have been working closely with Jisc on a number of activities this year. ORCID Following funding from Jisc, the ‘ORCID Support Advance’ Bazaar plugin is under development*. With the original ‘ORCID Support’ providing repositories with the basic infrastructure for storing and displaying ORCIDs, the ‘Advance’ version builds on this. It allows users to connect their ORCIDs and import works from orcid.org, as well as update their user and activity information in their orcid.org profile. The ‘ORCID Support Advance’ plugin represents the continuing efforts to pull development efforts together from a range of repositories across the community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thankRead More →

Just a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be in Brisbane for OR2017. With this being my third OR in as many years, it was great to be able to catch up with attendees from previous conferences as well as meet some of our repository administrators in person for the first time too! OR provides an excellent opportunity to meet up with both our repository administrators as well as seasoned developers, providing a wide range of different perspectives and opinions to take home to the team! As well as networking there were also a number of posters and talks by the EPrintsRead More →

As we start the new year, we are seeing a great set of conferences and events planned for the year ahead. Offering opportunities for you to talk about your Publications, Education and Data repositories and to also hear about work happening here in EPrints HQ. These include: Open Education Week 2017.  27th – 31st March 2017. OER17 – The Politics of Open.  London, UK. 5th & 6th April 2017. 2017 International Open Repositories Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 26th – 30th June 2017 – See Will’s write up here Repository Fringe 2017. John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK. 3rd – 4th August 2017 including a brief EPrints UserRead More →

As an eventful 2016 draws to a close, we at EPrints HQ would like to wish the entire EPrints community  a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This has been another busy year for our EPrints Services team with lots of activity around repositories for Impact, Research data, Education and of course Publications.  The following are just a few of the activity areas we have been working on: REF Compliance Checker plugin Developed and released by Jisc in January of this year, this plugin for EPrints provides a straightforward means by which you can check whether an article or conference proceeding in your EPrints repository isRead More →

The Twelfth International Conference on Open Repositories 2017 to be held in Brisbane, Australia is now open for proposals.  The deadline for submissions has been extended to 30th November 2016. For OR2017 the theme is Open : Innovation | Knowledge | Repositories, aiming to reflect how the Open Repository community continues to be at the forefront of developments, sharing knowledge, and working as an enabler of scholarship and open science. OR2017 will provide an opportunity to: showcase innovative repository services as well as innovations in functionality and user experience of repository software; introduce innovative uses of repositories, for example to accommodate new types of content,Read More →

The 11th International Conference of Repositories is fast approaching and once again our representatives from EPrints will be there. On Tuesday 14th June Les Carr, Director of EPrints, will be on the ‘Repository Rodeo‘ panel immediately after the opening keynote.  Les will also be opening the EPrints Interest Group track in the afternoon discussing EPrints 3.4. Kelly Terrell, EPrints Open Education Lead, will immediately follow Les to talk about ‘Repositories for open education: a reflection and look forward for EPrints‘. We will also have a poster on display during the conference on the upcoming EPrints 3.4 release. As well as our team, there is also a greatRead More →

Following the EPrints Hack Day which was connected with the last EPrints Uk User Group Meeting, I have been thinking about the nature of community engagement. There is a history of hack days at which members of the technical community have contributed to EPrints, but there has been far less engagement from the larger non-technical side of the community. I wanted to try to change this with an event targeted at all members of the community. Community Contributions The Community Contributions Day was intended to provide a big tent under which all members of the community could pull together on a number of areas ofRead More →

In September, the day before the UK User Group Meeting, John Salter and I organised a hack-day for the EPrints developer community. Slides available here. Not only was the EPrints code base moved forwards, but we also got most of the way to building a deployable development environment. Most importantly, it was an opportunity for networking and training for newer members of the community. We planned at the time to run another hack day a couple of months later. So, two months later, Rachel Proudfoot, Valerie McCutcheon and I are organising a Community Contributions day, which will cover a broader set of activities than justRead More →

Adam Field, who is our EPrints Community engagement lead, will be leaving us at the end of the year. Adam has been active within the EPrints Community for several years, and most recently has been our Community lead here at Southampton. Many of you will have met his cheeky grin at conferences, or quizzed him on the eptech mailing list. Adam is moving to Jisc, and will still be on the repository scene. Best wishes Adam! Whenever we have asked the Community what they want from us, the response has always echoed a resounding, “new EPrints core development”. We have listened. From the start ofRead More →